Evey year in Togo, the sea nibbles more than 2 metres of coastline, and up to 10 metres in some parts of the coast. Coastal erosion affects all of West Africa and is distorting Togo’s landscape and driving out fishing communities.
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Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone’s attention. “It’s 9 o’clock. The village chief is sending me to announce that bartering can now start,” he cries. “No arguing and no provocation,” he tells traders and buyers. Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively traditional barter market.
Opposition supporters clash with security forces in Togo’s capital, Lome, after the government banned protests about upcoming elections. A coalition of 14 opposition political parties this week announced a series of 10 new protests in the run-up to parliamentary elections planned for December 20. IMAGES
The 14 opposition parties call for a “Dead Togo” day to express the population’s frustration with the political crisis in the country. However, the shutdown was not widely followed in the capital city.
As thousands of opposition supporters march through the streets of Lomé, a few of them tell of their frustrations at the current political situation in Togo as well as what they perceive as failures on the part of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) to resolve the issues.
Thousands of people march through the streets of Lomé, responding to a call from the main opposition coalition, demanding that the electoral process be halted before the December 20 legislative elections. The leaders of this group of 14 opposition political parties did not present candidates for these elections and denounce “irregularities” in its organisation.
After deadly attacks on Burkina Faso last week, the presidents of Nigeria and Togo arrived on Monday in a show of solidarity. IMAGES
Togo’s government is facing fresh turbulence as healthcare workers go on strike, joining thousands of demonstrators holding opposition protests on the streets.
Togo’s government faces fresh turbulence as healthcare workers strike, joining thousands of demonstrators holding opposition protests on the streets. IMAGES
Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe breaks his silence after months of protests against his rule, calling on the opposition to “dialogue” in his New Year address.